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  • Lottery scholarship gets house support

    SANTA FE — A bill sponsored by Rep. Bill O’Neill, D-Albuquerque, that would allow New Mexico high school graduates a 16-month period to enroll in college and take advantage of New Mexico lottery scholarships moved closer to becoming law today.  
    HB 62 passed the House with a vote of 63-0.
    “The fact that this bill passed unanimously highlights the support that this logical and important legislation has on both sides of the aisle,” O’Neill said.

  • Bahrain crushes protest camp, locks down capital

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Troops and tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. Medical officials said four people were killed.

  • Democrats turn 'Where are the jobs?' chant on GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans won sweeping victories last November by taunting Democrats with "Where are the jobs?" Democrats are now throwing those taunts back, saying it's Republicans who will knock thousands of Americans out of work with their demands for deep cuts in federal spending.

  • Tea party out to defeat 3 longtime GOP senators

    WASHINGTON (AP) — What does a longtime Republican senator with a national reputation for working well with Democrats do in the face of a potentially career-ending tea party challenge?

    If you're Richard Lugar of Indiana, you tell them to "get real."

    If you're Olympia Snowe of Maine, you fight off the "Snowe Removal" effort by making key alliances with tea party activists and highlighting your record of fiscal conservatism.

    And if you're Orrin Hatch of Utah, you woo them.

  • Wisconsin Senate to vote on anti-union bill

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers of nearly all collective bargaining rights over the loud objections of thousands of teachers, students and prison guards who packed the Capitol for two days of protests.

    The nation's most aggressive anti-union proposal has been speeding through the Legislature since Republican Gov. Scott Walker introduced it a week ago. After clearing a major legislative hurdle Wednesday night, it was headed to votes in the Senate and Assembly.

  • NM MVD suspends license services for systems upgrade

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Anyone planning to get a new driver's license or identification card on Monday will have to wait.

    The state Taxation and Revenue Department says a mandatory systems upgrade will prevent you from doing so.

    The suspension of services applies to new and renewed regular and commercial driver's licenses. Motor Vehicle Division offices will be open statewide Monday for other services, such as vehicle registrations and road tests.

  • Update 02-16-11

    Iwo Jima talk
    Iwo Jima veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle for Iwo Jima in this 66th anniversary year of the battle at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Library Upstairs Meeting Room.

    T-Board meeting
    The Transportation Board will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Public Works conference room, which is located on 2101 Trinity Drive.

    DPU Board meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room.

    Public meetings

  • County lends a helping hand after natural gas outage

    The county recently loaned eight employees to surrounding communities struggling to relight thousands of pilots following the recent natural gas outage.

    The employees worked long hours – one individual spent 88 hours relighting pilots in more than 100 homes in the valley – and the service was literally priceless; better yet, the county will not have to foot the bill.

  • Scottish deerhound is best in show at Westminster

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hickory just might like the big-city life.

    A Scottish deerhound that loves to chase deer and rabbits on a 50-acre farm in Virginia did more than fine at Madison Square Garden this week, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night and the title of America's top dog.

    "She's not used to lights, camera and noise," handler Angela Lloyd said.

  • Man, 84, found alive in Ariz. desert after 5 days

    PHOENIX (AP) — Henry Morello prayed to Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost things. But as the 84-year-old spent a fifth night stuck in a ditch in the Arizona desert, he started to lose hope.

    "My phone went dead, my battery went dead, and I went dead," Morello said.